November 26, 2018: General Motors, after receiving bailouts, tax-breaks, help with tariffs on foreign auto-makers, and making billions in profits, said it will close five factories and lay off up to 15,000 workers to save up to $6 billion a year in net employee benefit costs.
August 18, 2018: Following the Report by a Pennsylvania Grand Jury that details DECADES of SEXUAL ABUSES by priests and cover-ups by BISHOPS crying out they were “criminal and morally reprehensible;” Pope Francis, on behalf of the Roman Catholic Church, released a letter acknowledging the failure of the Church (bishops and cardinals at the Vatican) in dealing with the sexual abuse scandal. Burke, director of the Vatican’s Press said, “two words …express the feelings… shame and sorrow.” July 28, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, archbishop of Washington, resigned to the Pope who sentenced him not to hard labor among criminals; but a ‘life of prayer and penance’ for his ‘decades of sexually abusing minors and adult seminarians.’
The Bishop of Rome (Jorge Mario Bergoglio i.e. Pope Francis) said, “I acknowledge once more the suffering endured by many minors due to sexual abuse, the abuse of power and the abuse of conscience perpetrated by a significant number of clerics and consecrated persons… Looking back to the past, no effort to beg pardon and to seek to repair the harm done will ever be sufficient. Looking to the future, no effort must be spared to create a culture able to prevent such situations from happening, but also to prevent the possibility of their being covered up and perpetuated.”
In just the state of Pennsylvania (USA) more than 300 ‘predator priests’ have been ‘credibly accused of sexually abusing more than 1,000 child ‘victims.’ The Sexual Abuse scandals and cover-ups have cost the Church millions of members, future income, and about $4 billion of their $80+ billion in assets (note: the Holy See is entrusted with a EURO Printing Press). The leaders were warned decades ago it would cost hundreds of millions if they ignore it – but they choose to move ‘criminal’ priests and shelter them; rather than turn them over to authorities and work out settlements with families.
http://www.BishopAccountability.org (from USCCB and CARA) reports from 1950 to 2017 over 6,840 priests accused of sexually abusing children. They state, ‘An unknown number of complaints have been settled by U.S. bishops before lawsuits were filed, often with confidentiality agreements.’ They report at least 19 dioceses have filed bankruptcy by 2018.
In 2007, the USCCB (United Conf. of Catholic Bishops) found that the scandals were costing 195 dioceses “an average of $300,000 annually.” Though the number of Catholics have increased in North America in the last 40 years; their percent of population has significantly fallen in Europe and Latin America.
August 2018: Smart China Expo in Chongqing showcased cutting edge facial recognition technology (Tsinghua Unigroup), food delivery drones (Meituan), 5G (fifth generation) remote systems (China Mobile); driverless rental cars (Pand Auto); and a $200 window-cleaning Robot Vacuum Cleaner for home use (VTVRobot) – although in 2014 Greenhub Technology of China was developing a high-rise window cleaning system that clean 20’ meters in a minute (Shanghai World Expo 2015).
May 14, 2018: Pres. Trump kept his promise for the ‘Promised Land’ and moved the U.S. from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Palestinians leaders denounce the move and claim East Jerusalem home of their capital; yet, historians know that Jerusalem was and is the capital of Israel. Netanyahu said, ‘Thank you, President Trump, for your bold decision. Thank you for making the alliance between Israel and the United States stronger than ever.” Trump’s daughter Ivanka and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, were at the site for the celebration. Additionally, Sunday marked the 51st anniversary of ‘Jerusalem Day;’ from the 1967 Six-Day War and Israel’s miraculous victories.
May 13-14, 2018: Hours before Embassy move violent protest broke out in the Gaza Strip; about 45 Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces and as many as 1,700 wounded after thousands of protesters began to converge on the border and hurled ‘firebombs and explosive devices.’ Estimates of 35,000 protesters have been given.
April 29, 2018: North Korea has committed to close down its nuclear test site in May and allow experts and journalists from South Korea and the United States into the country to verify its closure. Kim has reportedly said, “The United States, though inherently hostile to North Korea, will get to know once our talk begins that I am not the kind of person who will use nuclear weapons against the South or the United States across the Pacific,” S. Korea’s President Moon’s spokesman Yoon Young-chan said Kim stated, “There is no reason for us to possess nuclear weapons … if mutual trust with the United States is built through frequent meetings from now on, and an end to the war and non-aggression are promised.”
April 27, 2018: Leaders of North Korea and South Korea met for the first time since 2007 on South Korean land. Kim Jong Un met with S. Korean President Moon Jae-in in the DMZ (demilitarized zone) where they signed the Panmunjom Declaration for Peace, Prosperity and Unification. They agreed to formally end the Korean War (1953-2018) and to be nuclear-free.
April 18, 2018: Yom HaZikaron; Israel remembers 23,646 fallen IDF soldiers; and it’s 70th birthday.
April 7, 2018: More than 40 Syrian civilians were killed in a chemical attack (chlorine and sarin) Douma (part of Ghouta – near Damascus). The Syrian American Medical Society reported that more than 500 people ‘were brought to local medical centers with symptoms indicative of exposure to a chemical agent.’ President Trump responded on Twitter, “atrocity.” “Many dead, including women and children, in mindless CHEMICAL attack in Syria.” “Area of atrocity is in lockdown and encircled by Syrian Army, making it completely inaccessible to the outside world. President Putin, Russia and Iran are responsible for backing Animal Assad. Big price…”
March 25, 2018: U.S. Congress passed major pro-Israel legislation which included over $700 million for US-Israel missile defense cooperation (over $100 more than 2017). Part of these funds are for research to better the Iron Dome defense systems. Israel’s IAF attacked a Hamas target in Gaza after Palestinians attempted “to cause damage to security infrastructure and the security fence.”
March 22, 2018: IBM concluded its Think Conference 2018, where its speakers spoke of changes and technology that will affect the ‘next five years.’ These included the topic: “Unveiling 5 Breakthrough Technologies That Will Change the World,’ during which 5 speakers addressed such things as ‘Post-Quantum Cryptography,’ ‘Crypto-anchors,’ and using sensors to track Plankton growth or decline throughout the world.
March 8, 2018: U.S. President Trump agreed to meet with North Korean President Kim Jong Un in May. Many ‘expert’ advisors and former security heads already saying the meet will not will the status quo and could even have a negative effect.
February 21, 2018: Long-time faithful servant of God, Billy Graham passed away this day. According to BillyGraham.org, “Mr. Graham has preached the Gospel to more people in live audiences than anyone else in history – nearly 215 million people in more than 185 countries and territories – through various meetings… Hundreds of millions more have been reached through television, video, film and webcast…” https://billygraham.org/about/biographies/billy-graham/
January 28, 2018: Saudi Arabia Billionaire Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal, one of the world’s richest men, was (along with 10 other princes and about 200 high-level officials and ‘businessmen’) arrested November 3rd for corruption and released in January. Saudi’s AG said that “at least $100 billion has been misused through systematic corruption and embezzlement over several decades.” January, the Prince said, “…There are no charges… just some discussions between me and the government… It’s no problem at all. Everything’s fine.” Some believe a closed-door agreement was reached.
The Prince gave the Clinton Foundation at least $10 million from 2001 through 2016. He also gave to Georgetown, Cambridge, U. of Edinburgh, American Uni. in Beirut and Cairo, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR – anti-US moving embassy to Jerusalem); and he gave at least $20 million to Harvard – which named a building and program for him: “The Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program at Harvard University”
January 24, 2018: According to http://www.ScienceMag.org, “Physicists in Shanghai, China are planning to build lasers so powerful they could rip apart empty space… The Shanghai Superintense Ultrafast Laser Facility (SULF), is a single cylinder of titanium-doped sapphire… (with) a system of lenses and mirrors… In 2016, it achieved an unprecedented 5.3 million billion watts, or patawatts (PW). …(However) the pulses are infinitesimally brief, lasting less than a trillionth of a second.”
January 12, 2018: For the first time in Saudi Arabia’s 87-year history, women can attend a men’s soccer match. Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman is allowing females in the ‘family section’ of Riyadh’s King Fahd International Stadium. September 2017, for the right time their women were allowed to drive automobiles. The Prince said, “we have developed a case of oil addiction in Saudi Arabia;” and he is aware of the need for women in his ‘Vision 2030,’ to “not allow our country ever to be at the mercy of commodity price volatility or external markets” and to increase non-oil revenue.
December 18, 2017: Less than two weeks after US President Trump announced that America recognizes Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel and will move the embassy in 2018; the United Nations Security Council sought to block the U.S. passing the following resolution: “that any decisions and actions which purport to have altered, the character, status or demographic composition of the Holy City of Jerusalem have no legal effect, are null and void and must be rescinded in compliance with relevant resolutions of the Security Council.” However, U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley vetoed the declaration. Islamic protests continue, as many as 80,000 people demonstrated around the U.S. embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia.
The Security Council consists of five permanent members: China, France, Russia, the UK and the US, as well as 10 non-permanent members. A veto from any of the five permanent members would block the resolution from passing. Nevertheless, Palestinian Foreign Minister al-Maliki stated that they would call for an emergency special session of the 193-member U.N. General Assembly. The outcome would only be for political pressure, because it is non-binding on the United States decision.
December 13, 2017: Rep. Dan Johnson (age 57) will not get a day in court (or spiritual or psychological help) because he killed himself after the media and certain fellow Congress-persons brought pressure over sexual assault allegations. His widow said, “I’ve been fighting behind my husband for thirty years and his fight will go on… These high-tech lynchings and half truths can’t be allowed to win the day” It is likely true he made unwanted advances and physical actions to the 17 year old at his home New Year’s Eve 2012; perhaps he even drank to much (which of course is not an excuse for DWI’s, unwanted sexual actions, etc.). It justs seems the media and Congress in their new agenda (to drain the Swamp of the Sexual Aggression with Demo’s real sites on Trump’s past) Have No Care for the LIFE’s they affect – in their steam rolling approach. BUT in the midst of this agenda – most don’t care about inappropriate Same Sex Marriage or the multi-billion porn industry – it is the elected official they want – (but please don’t dig up anyone’s past they love – including themself).
December 7-8, 2017: Republican Rep. Trent Franks is preparing to resign after sexual misconduct. Democratic Senator Al Franken announced his future resignation following several sexual allegations. This follows Rep. John Conyers (Democratic; a leader of Cong. Black Caucus) being pressured to resign by his own party for like allegations. Note: the Democratics have no black senators; the Republicans have one.
November 24, 2017: National Mourning declared by government as Egypt gets hit by another terrorist attack. Over 25 attackers used automatic weapons and explosions in their assault on Al Rawdah Sufi mosque in Bir al-Abed. At least one attacker carried an ISIS flag into the mosque. Over 305 people (including women and children) were killed and more than 130 wounded. After the attack the Egyptian Air Force pursued and killed several terrorists as they destroyed several vehicles at a ‘terrorist outpost.’
October 31, 2017: This marks the 500th anniversary since 1517 when Martin Luther posted his ninety-five theses on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany.
October 11, 2017: Viktor Orbán, Fidesz (Federation of Young Democrats/anti-communist party) co-founder and Prime Minister of Hungary, said in a speech at the International Consultation on Christian Persecution,“We, Hungarians, want Syriac, Iraqi, and Nigerian Christians to be able to return home to the land that their ancestors have inhabited for hundreds of years… A group of Europe’s intellectual and political leaders want to create a mixed society that would completely change the continent’s cultural and ethnic identity, and Christian nature, within just a few generations. Hungary, however, is doing the opposite of what Europe is currently doing. …We are providing assistance to enable people to move back to their homes… The persecution of Christians in Europe, which is a persecution of a spiritual nature, operating using subtle and crafty methods, and is undoubtedly unjust, discriminative and sometimes painful, (yet) it can in no way be compared to the brutal and physical persecution suffered by Christians in Africa and the Middle East… The greatest danger threatening us today is the indifferent silence of the European elite who are renouncing their Christian roots, despite the fact that the fate of Middle Eastern Christians should wake Europe up to the fact that, no matter how unbelievable it may still seem what happened there could also happen to us. It is a fact that Christianity is the most persecuted religion in the world today, in view of the fact that 215 million Christians in 108 countries are currently suffering from various forms of persecution, four out of every five people who are being oppressed because of their faith are Christians, and in 2015 in Iraq, a Christian was murdered every five minutes because of their religious beliefs… To us, Europe is a Christian continent and we would like to keep it that way, and although we may not be able to preserve all of it, we would at least like to save the little slice of it that the Good Lord entrusted to the Hungarians.”
October 2017: (first week) About 1,000 ISIS militants surrendered during the fall of Hawija in Iraq. Lt. Gen. Funk (commander of coalition task force) said, ‘they’re giving up… their leadership is abandoning them.’ This comes about a week after Islamic State leader Abu Baghdadi sent out his first speech in 11 months. In his 46-minute charge, Baghdadi called IS/ISIL/ISIS mujahideen (fighters) to “clashing the shining swords and shedding filthy blood.” He called for more jihad against America and Europe” with a strategy of “ceaseless war of attrition to deplete enemies.” Yet, it seems Trump’s freedom giving to Sec. of Defense Mattis and the Joint Chiefs of Staff is not only causing an attrition to ISIS fighters, but to the land holdings as well.
October 1, 2017: Debates over ‘bump stocks’ and ‘large capacity ammunition magazines’ will be revived. In Las Vegas the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history – 59 dead and 515 injured – occurred at a country music festival. People will being asking how many could have ran and survived if ‘bump stocks’ and ‘large capacity ammunition magazines’ were illegal for assault rifles. The 64 year old gunmen fired a semi-auto converted to automatic AR for several minutes before police used an explosive device to breach his room; when Paddock then killed himself. Police found at least 10 rifles in the 32th floor room.
A 20-round magazine takes about 3.4 seconds plus reload time of 3 to 5 seconds or 30 magazines (600 rounds) in 4 minutes versus a 100 round AR15 Mag Dump in about 16 seconds – thus 600 rounds in about 2 minutes including reload time. And even with a semi-auto. 90 rounds per minute is possible (but it is commonly know among AR owners that one can use conversion kits and methods such as ‘bump firing’ to accelerate rpm to less than 10 seconds).
September 16, 2017: Kim Jong Un says on their state news KCNA, “Our final goal is to establish the equilibrium of real force with the U.S. and make the U.S. rulers dare not talk about military option.”
September 15, 2017: ISIS claimed responsibility for the Improvised Explosive Device that exploded in the Tube at London Underground Pardons Green. ISIS Media source stated, “The bombing of the IED in the London tube was carried out by a unit affiliated to the Islamic State…” The home-made bomb was put in a rush-hour train full of early morning commuters on their way to work. Twenty-nine (29) people were injured in this 5th major terrorist attack in Britain this year.
September 10: In approximately 10 days the United States National Debt will reach $20 TRILLION; it grows about $100 million per hour or $ 2.4 billion a day.
September 3: North Korea detonated a thermonuclear device; stating it was it’s most powerful to date. South Korea’s weather agency confirmed it was an artificial earthquake at magnitude 5.7; but the U. S. Geological Survey said 6.3 was registered by them. U. S. President Trump said “North Korea has conducted a major Nuclear Test. Their words and actions continue to be very hostile and dangerous to the United States.” U. S. Defense Secretary Jim ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis responded in a formal statement saying: “Any threat to the United States or its territories, including Guam or our allies will be met with a massive military response, a response both effective and overwhelming… Kim Jong-un should take heed of the United Nations security council’s unified voice, all members unanimously agreed on the threat North Korea poses, and they remain unanimous in their commitment to the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. Because we are not looking to the total annihilation of a country, namely North Korea, but as I said we have many options to do so.”
August 16-18, 2017: Wednesday the 16th 10:24 PM two explosions flattened a house and killed a woman and injured 16 in Alcanar (190 km/120 miles south of Barcelona). At first a gas leak was suspected; then Police gained evidence that residents had been making bombs. Late evening 17th Catalan police chief said it was related to the Van terrorist attack. Barcelona, Spain: Thursday 17th about 4:30PM a large Fiat Van drove into a crowd in front of the Plaça de Catalunya metro station. Then it sped down the pedestrian zone of Las Ramblas boulevard. Las Ramblas is one of the top tourists’ areas in Europe. As it travels approximately 500 yards (metres) down the Las Ramblas it killed 13 people and injured over 100 (with several of those are in very serious condition) until it plowed into a large souvenir /news stand. The driver fled the scene. Soon after ISIS/IL claimed responsibility. The Police quickly took 2 men into custody (one Spanish and one Moroccan). Metros and Train stations were closed. Friday 18th 12:26 AM the police warned the town of Cambils (115 km or about 70 miles; between Barcelona and Alcanar) “…avoid going out. Stay home, stay safe. Police operation ongoing.” About 1 AM police killed four (4) terror suspects and injured another.
President Trump tweeted that the US “will do whatever is necessary to help. Be tough & strong, we love you!.” The Spanish royal family said the attackers were “assassins, criminals who won’t terrorize us.” Spain’s PM Mariano Rajoy called it “jihadist terrorism” requiring a global response. The CIA had warned Spain’s Mossos d’Esquadra that Las Ramblas would be a likely target.
August 17, 2017: North Korea releases posters says, “no one can stop us;” and “Entire nation within strike range…”
August 8, 2017: BreakingIsraelNews.com reported, “The Temple Institute and the School for Temple Knowledge held an “Alpha Wine” conference to investigate all aspects of wine, theoretical and practical, as they pertain to Third Temple. The conference paved the way for the production of wine suitable to be used in the Temple service…”
August: Tensions still remain high as North Korea continues pursuing more nuclear weapons.
July 25, 2017: USS Thunderbolt (Cyclone-class Patrol Craft: PC – 12), in the Persian Gulf fired two bursts of warning shots into the water near an Iranian patrol boat reported to be part of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). The patrol boat came within about 150 yards (137 meters) from the USS Thunderbolt and within about a nautical mile of the cruiser – USS Vella Gulf.
video of warning shots: https://news.usni.org/2017/07/25/uss-thunderbolt-fired-warning-shots-iranian-patrol-boat-protect-u-s-guided-missile-cruiser-vella-gulf
July 4, 2017: North Korea conducted its first successful test fired of the KN-14 ballistic missile (ICBM-liquid fueled; 10,000 km range). The launch from Banghyon sent the missile about 580 miles landing in the sea between Japan and South Korea. This was at least the 8th session/day they fired a ballistic missile launched in 2017.
June 29, 2017: Australia: Melbourne Magistrates Court charged Cardinal George Pell, the highest ranked Catholic in Australia, with multiple criminal charges of sexual assaults and abuse. In 2013 a special police (SANO) task-force was created to investigate the Catholic priests sexual abuse complaints of child sexual abuse. July 2017, the Royal Commission appointed to Child Sexual Abuse reported that between 1950 and 2015, 7% of Australian priests and other Catholic Church personnel were accused of abusing children.
June 20, 2017: USA: Republican Karen Handel defeated Democrat Jon Ossoff in the most expensive Congressional Race in history. Handel, former Georgia Sec. of State, narrowly won the Special Election runoff by about 11,000 votes with 52% of the approximate 250,000 votes. 30-year-old Ossoff (a former Congressional aid) just missed with 48% of the 50% needed in the first round vs. about 20 candidates. More than $50 million was spent battling for the House of Representative seat that pays $ 174,000 annually to the representative (plus about $1.3 million for staff, travel and office rental, equipment, furniture, etc.). This greatly surpassed the previous $30 million amount spent on the Florida election of 2012.
According to the Center for Responsible Politics, Ossoff and Handel raised $56.7 million. Ossoff received $24 million from the Democratic Party and $8 million from outside groups (including donations from Rosie O’Donnell, Jane Fonda and other Hollywood names). Handel had less than $4.5 million in the first round; but when she made the runoff, 2 outside Super PACs and the National Republican Congressional Committee each came in with over $6 million ($19+ million). The Democrats spent about 20 times their average funding per race ($1.2 million) on another close lost (as was Hillary vs. Trump).
Out of the 435 House seats, the 115th Congress now has about 241 Republicans and 193 Democrats. The Senate has 52 Republicans of the 100 seats. The Atlanta-Journal Constitution reported that only 3.5% of Ossoff’s donations since March came from Georgia. In another close election, millionaire real estate developer Republican Ralph Norman, defeated former Goldman Sachs tax adviser Democrat Archie Parnell in South Carolina.
June 19, 2017: UK: Just after midnight, a terrorist in a van ran through worshipers that after Ramadan prayers left a London mosque a few hundred yards (meters) away. There were several causalities: 2 are said to be dead and a dozen injured. The van driver tried to escaped but was beaten and held by a crowd until arrested. This was the third vehicle attack in London since March.
June 18, 2017: Syria: An American F/A-18E Super Hornet jet shot down a Syrian government SU-22 warplane after it dropped bombs on American-backed Syria Democratic Forces (allied with Free Syria) near Tabqa.
About the same time Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps launched missiles from Iran on ISIS troops in Syria in response to Islamic State terrorists attacks in Tehran the previous week.
And after these events, in London about midnight another terrorist was being moved to kill (see June 19th)
May 23, 2017: Concerning Islamic Jihad and the terrorism issue, one senior White House official, as interviewed on Air Force One, stated, “By putting everybody together you can really build a coalition and show that it’s not a Muslim problem, it’s not a Jewish problem, it’s not a Catholic problem, it’s not a Christian problem, it really is a world problem.”
May 22, 2017: In the middle of President Trump’s historic visit to the holy sites and palaces of Islam (1st president make Saudi Arabia his first stop), Judaism (Jerusalem, Israel) and Christianity (the Vatican); a bomber killed 22 and wounded scores of others in the second worst United Kingdom terrorist attack since 52 were killed in London, England due to attacks on their transit system in 2005. About 10:30 towards the end of an Ariana Grande concert with over 20,000 young teens there; a bomb was heard from the outside Hall near the exit; panic ensued as children ran to find safety or their parents showing up to pick them up. The British reported the social messaging app Telegram saying, “one of the soldiers of the Caliphate was able to place an explosive device within a gather of the Crusaders in the city of Manchester.” This was a message from ISIS or the Islamic State.
British Prime Minister Theresa May confirmed: “we now know that a single terrorist detonated his improvised explosive device (IED) near one of the exits of the venue, deliberately choosing the time and place to cause maximum carnage and to kill and injure indiscriminately… The explosion coincided with the conclusion of a pop concert which was attended by many young families and groups of children.” Britain’s National Counter Terrorism Security Office reports that the bombing ‘involved a lot of planning.’ And R. Barrett, former director of Global Counter Terrorism Operations of M16, noted that their Intelligence Agency is monitoring more than 400 people have returned to the U.K. from Jihad in the Middle East; and have already prevented hundreds from entering the country.
May 15, 2017: Self-taught 22 year old (known as ‘MalwareTech’) at the front of stopping Global WeCry or WannaCry or ‘WanaCrypt’ Virus (by Shadow Brokers who hacked Mircosoft Windows) from his bedroom at his parents house. The Virus has already affected hundreds of thousands in 50 countries including hospitals and businesses. The virus primarily affects Windows 2003 and XP; and Windows 10 appears to be safe. But Windows 7 and 8 can be infected. To be safe install Mircosoft updates and do not open suspicious emails: for more from Mircosoft SEE: https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/msrc/2017/05/12/customer-guidance-for-wannacrypt-attacks/
May 4, 2017: National Day of Prayer and Reason On this National Day of Prayer, President Trump addressed the nation and religious leaders at the White House saying, “We will not allow people of faith to be targeted, bullied or silenced anyone… No one should be censoring sermons or targeting pastors… We will never ever stand for religious discrimination …” Trump then signed the “Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty” Executive Order. The Order states “the United States Constitution enshrines and protects the fundamental right to religious liberty as Americans’ first freedom…
Sec. 2. All executive departments and agencies shall, to the greatest …extent permitted by, respect and protect the freedom of persons and organizations to engage in religious and political speech. In particular, the Secretary of Treasury shall ensure… the Department of the Treasury does not take any adverse action against any individual, house of worship… religious organization on the basis… (of) speech… (in relation to) 501 (c) (3) of title 26…tax exemption…” This does not change the ‘Johnson Amendment’ of 1954, telling the IRS those tax-exempt organizations that ‘directly or indirectly participating in or intervening in, any political campaign…’ can be subject to losing tax status (law not used; or contested at the Supreme Court).
As to the National Day of Prayer, it has been followed by every President since Truman signed it into law in 1952; it has been celebrated with an official White House Observance by every president from Truman to Trump – with the exception of Barack Obama.
This day the American Humanist Association (website slogan ‘good without a God) declared a National Day of Reason. Of course, in their ‘unknowing’ (‘a-gnostic’); they just declared a National Day of Jesus.
It was common for early church fathers (bishops) to call Jesus Christ – ‘Wisdom and Reason.’ Athenagoras (c.177 AD), “We acknowledge …a Son of God… the Logos (Word)… we acknowledge a God, and a Son, His Logos, and a Holy Spirit, united in essence – the Father, the Son, the Spirit – because the Son is the Intelligence, REASON and Wisdom of the Father…”
Tertullian (c. 200) “Before all things God was alone… in that there was nothing external to Him. Yet even then He was not alone, for He had with Him, His own REASON (Greek ‘Logos;’ English ‘Word’)… Word consists of REASON… We call Him the WISDOM of GOD…”
|Isaiah 11:2: “The SPIRIT of the LORD with rest on Him (Christ Jesus): the Spirit of Wisdom, Understanding (REASON), Counsel, Might, Knowledge and Fear of the Lord.”|
April 27, 2017: Trilateral Commission representatives from Japan, South Korea and the United States met in Tokyo over the threats from North Korea. The three parties have agreed to impose what they called “intolerably strong punitive measures” against Pyongyang, DPRK. Joseph Yun, a senior US diplomat, told reporters that a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula was their objective. Yet, Yun said, “We really do not believe that the DPRK is ready to engage us towards denuclearization. We make clear among ourselves that denuclearization remains the goal. And we very much want the DPRK to take steps towards that.”
About a week before these meetings started, V.P. of the US Mike Pence continued to urge China government officials to remain firm in helping with the tense situation. April 10, Pence warned the DPRK sayings, the ‘era of strategic patience is over.‘ The US has a fleet in the Sea of Japan. Air China has suspended flights between Beijing and Pyongyang; and appears to be cutting commerce traffic (business) until an agreement is reached between all parties (South Korea, DPRK, China, Russia and the United States). It is unlikely that DPRK’s goal for long range ICBMs will be stopped as long as Kim Jong-un, the 33 year-old second-son dictator, is alive.
April 26, 2017: The United States military is setting up the THAAD anti-missile complex in South Korea. Residents of Seongju county in South Korea protests in the streets were the police were present. The Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system is produced by Lockheed Martin whose website states, “when enemies attack, governments must be ready to defend their soldiers, citizens and infrastructure. That’s where THAAD comes in – one of the most advanced missile defense systems in the world.” THAAD is designed to intercept short and medium ranged airborne ballistic missiles. It uses Radar mobile bases with TFCC (THAAD Fire Control and Communications) vehicles and bases and of course Launcher with Interceptor kinetic energy missiles (KEM). Below is a link to one of its test videos.
April 15, 2017: An evacuation of more than 3,000 Syrians was scheduled for Sunday the 16th. It was delayed after more than 125 people were killed in two cities – about 80 were children. TimesofIsrael.com reported, “A wounded girl, who said she lost her four siblings in the blast, told Al-Manar TV from her hospital bed that children who had been deprived of food for years in the two villages were approached by a man in the car who told them to come and eat potato chips. She said once many had gathered, there was an explosion that tore some of the children to pieces.
Anthony Lake, UNICEF’s executive director, said in a statement Sunday that after six years of war and carnage in Syria “there comes a new horror that must break the heart of anyone who has one.”
April 13, 2017: The United States military dropped the largest non-nuclear bomb ever to be used. MOAB (‘mother of all bombs’) was dropped in the mountains of Afghanistan on ISIS. It was a GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb that weighed about 21,600 pounds and was about 30 feet long. About 100 IS jihadists have been confirmed death.
April 10, 2017: Judge Neil Gorsuch (age 49; degree from Harvard Law; Ph.D. Oxford) former of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, filled Justice Antonin Scalia’s seat and became the 113th person to serve on the U. S. Supreme Court. He was sworn in this morning, saying in part, “I… do solemnly swear that I will administer justice without respect to persons, and do equal right to the poor and the rich, and that I will faithfully and impartially …perform all the duties incumbent upon me… under the Constitution and laws of the United States … So help me God.”
April 9, 2017: At least 44 Christian worshipers were killed and about 50 others wound today during Palm Sunday mass when an explosion went off at St. Peter’s Church in Cairo. The Coptic Christian cathedral was the target of extremist Muslim terrorists who according to AP News lobbed a bomb inside the church. One worker who in his fresh blood-stained clothes said, “I found bodies, many of them women, lying on the pews. It was a horrible scene.” About 10% of Egypt’s 82 million people are Christians. A professor at the Doha Institute told Al Jazeera News, that this “represents the continuation of a cycle of violence that has continued unabated since Egypt’s July 2013 military coup… Since the coup, the Egyptian government and ISIS-affiliated terrorists have traded attacks… today’s attack demonstrates the extent to which current President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has failed to deliver on his security platform…”
April 2017: Top Catholic Vatican Cardinals and officials (up to the Pope) get it wrong by supporting and praising Jesuit Rev. J. Martin’s book ‘Building a Bridge: How the Catholic Church and the LGBT Community can enter into a relationship of respect, compassion and sensitivity.’ It is not the title where the author and church ‘elders’ miss it; it is the book’s explicit message and such acceptance as by Pope Francis’ spokesperson on ‘life issues,’ Cardinal Farrell who said, “Father Martin’s brave, prophetic and inspiring new book marks an essential step in inviting church leaders to minister with more compassion, and in reminding LGBT Catholics that they are as much a part of our church as any other Catholic… to many parts of our church LGBT people have been made to feel …shamed.”
Well, this is very sad coming from one of the highest positioned elders over a billion Catholics. The ‘homosexual’ may be part of the Catholic church; but Moses, Christ and the apostle Paul (with John and others) made it clear, ‘speaking the truth, with love (Eph. 4:15),’ that the homosexual IS NOT PART OF THE CHURCH OF CHRIST and that “the sexually immoral… homosexual (in the original Greek ‘men who have sex with men – as in Lev. 18:22 ‘detestable; abomination’)… will NOT inherit the Kingdom of God (heaven)… (1 Cor. 6:9-10; Gal. 5:19-; Rev. 22:15).”
U.S. Bishop McElory (of California) calls for an “urgency to replace a culture of alienation with a culture of merciful inclusion.” May i remind by Catholic brothers two things: 1. It is better to be shamed (1 Cor.15:34; Ezek. 16:58-63) temporarily on earth; than to “awake to everlasting shame and everlasting contempt (Dan. 12:2).” 2. This is the same path that the Episcopal Church (starting in 1991), the Anglican Church (2003), the Presbyterian General Assembly (2011), certain Lutheran and other protestant churches took before they not only welcomed homosexuals as church members, but also as priests and performers of ‘same-sex marriages.’ It cut the Episcopal Church and its membership and funds in half. Vatican maybe soon if you don’t return to ‘sola scriptura‘ before books of men: “mene, mene, tekel, parsin” For more see:
Path to Same-Sex Marriage: Part I
Path to Same-Sex Marriage: Part II
April 6, 2017: The United States attacked Syrian soil; 50 Tomahawk cruise missiles were fired from Navy destroyers in the eastern Mediterranean at a Syrian Shayrat airbase. After dozens more died by nerve gas attacks from Russian helicopters flown by Syrian regime pilots; Trump ordered strikes. And today called on ‘all civilized nations’ to help end the Syrian conflict. Syrian state-ran TV called it ‘American aggression;’ well they have not seen nothing yet. Again US Sec. of State Rex Tillerson said Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad should have no role in a future Syria.
April 5, 2017: Death toll increased to more than 100 in Syria (25+ children); as Russian defense minister Igor Konoshenkov blamed Syrian chemical attacks on a leak from a ‘chemical warfare munitions’ cache hit by Syrian government air strikes. The U.S. government reported that Syrian President Bashar Assad was responsible for those killed and the 350+ injured. U.S. Sec. of State Tillerson said that Assad used banned chemical weapons and that ‘Al-Assad operates with brutal, unabashed barbarism.’ Russia failed to say they are a supporter of the Assad regime and that they supplied Syria’s government with the helicopters gunships and jets. The U.S. and UN fails to organize any real coalition to remove Assad and ISIS, though the Trump administration is actively hunting for Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in Iraq (ISIS leader). The Pentagon says more troops may be needed – a teenaged Syrian orphan could tell you that. Trump said that the act was ‘an affront to humanity… (and Assad) ‘crossed a lot of lines.’ US Ambassador Nikki Haley told the UN Council, “when the United Nations consistently fails in its duty to act collectively, there are times in the life of states that we are compelled to take our own action.”
April 3, 2017: Chemical attacks killed at least 58 people, including 11 children in Knah Sheikhoun; additionally, more than 160 people were injured. Witnesses said Sukhoi jets operated by the Russian government and Assad’s Syrian regime circled overhead and then stuck. It was called Syria’s worst chemical assault since 2013. A medic said victims were having ‘convulsions and foaming at the mouth.’
April 3, 2017: Lester Holt interviews Thae Yong Ho, a senior North Korean official who defected to South Korea in 2016, and told NBC Nightly News (4/2017) that Kim Jong Un is “desperate in maintaining his rule by relying on his development of nuclear weapons and ICBM… Once he (Jong Un) sees there is any kind of sign of a tank or an imminent threat from America, then he would use nuclear weapons with ICBM.” He added that the “World should be ready…”
April 1, 2017: Ambassador Nikki Haley told Fox News, “It’s a new day at the UN,” with American leadership focused on the organization’s budget, peacekeeping, and human rights. She talked about the need for greater U.S. leadership at the UN, including on the Security Council, which she says missed an opportunity to prevent the civil war in Syria.
“We just need the United States to lead again…that’s what I’m trying to do. And leadership is just letting them know what we’re for, what we’re against, have the backs of our allies and make sure they keep the backs of us, and then anyone that challenges us, call them out…and making sure that we show value in the United Nations, I think it’s important for the American people.”
“Assad is…a war criminal. He’s used chemical weapons on his own people. He’s not allowing aid to come in. He is very much a deterrence to peace…The administration sees Assad as a problem. But the bigger problem is ISIS. So are we ever going to give a pass to Assad? Absolutely not. Are we ever going to hope that we can bring him to justice and – for the people of Syria? Yes…But ISIS, we’ve got to start dealing with that, so that we can bring peace back to the area. And we have to do it by getting the Iranian influence out and moving Assad out of the way.”
Watch the Fox News segment that aired Saturday: http://video.foxnews.com/v/5381837532001/?#sp=show-clips
April 2017: The Jerusalem Embassy and Recognition Act, S 11, was submitted and referred to the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on January 3, 2017. H.R. 265, the same JER Act of 2017, was referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs on January 4. Three months later they have yet to be ordered by a Committee for a hearing. According to govtrack.us, March 30, 2017, “there were 3,011 bills and resolutions currently before Congress.” In 2013 and 2014, out of about 8,900 bills introduced by House and Senate congressmen, only a little more than 1,200 were heard by Committees; thus, about 86% died before even being introduced. And it took an average of about 264 days for a bill to become law. In the last 20 years in Congress only about 4% of proposed bills become laws; and the wheels of Congress move slow. The 112th Congress (2011-2012) only passed 23 laws in the first six months and only 15 for the 113th (2013-2014).
Predictgov.com gave H.R.265 a 3% chance of enactment and the Senate S11 bill a 6% chance of being enacted. There is a H.R. 257: Recognition of Jerusalem as the Capital of the State of Israel Act that has an estimated 11% chance to become law. It was originally introduced in 2013 and reintroduced January 4. It notes, “For more than 3,000 years, the Jewish people have maintained a continuous connection and presence in the land of Israel and their eternal and indivisible capital city of Jerusalem.” In part it resolves that: “Not later than January 1, 2019, the President shall relocate the United States Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.”
March 2017: U.S. military ‘Gremlin’ program which began in 2015 is going into Phase 2. Phase 1 showed that aircraft could launch multiple drones in mid-air. Phase 2 will focus on a full-scale Gremlin drone demonstration leading to Phase 3 in which the airborne launched drones return or recovered in air by ‘aircraft carriers in the sky.’ DARPA is scheduled to conduct fight tests early 2019.
March 2017: There are about 200 million orphans in the war; most the result of war, conflicts, or AIDS; and many due to poverty and neglect. For more see: Orphans: Crisis from War and Aids
March 2017: According to the N.Y. Post (4/26/2015) in their article, “Charity watchdog: Clinton Foundation a ‘slush fund’,” they state, “The Clinton family’s mega-charity took in more than $140 million in grants and pledges in 2013 but spent just $9 million on direct aid. The group spent the bulk of its windfall on administration, travel, salaries and bonuses, with the fattest payouts going to family friends… it spent $30 million on payroll and employee benefits… and nearly $8.5 million on travel…” Thus it spent four times more on employee cost than it gave out in direct aid to the poor and needy. Additionally, in 2010 the Clinton Foundation failed to disclose $225 million in foreign government donations.
According to the Washington Post, “The Clinton Foundation announced that it has raised more money since the start of this year (2015) than it had during the same period in 2014… The Clinton Foundation has raised $2 billion since its founding by Bill Clinton in 1997.” In 2015 when Hillary Clinton began her 2016 Presidential Campaign; she pledged not to accepted foreign donations accept from Australia, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway and the UK. That meant restricting tens of millions that were coming from the Middle East. However, Bill Clinton would still receive the funds through a series of speeches. After Hillary lost the election November 2016, Norway alone slashed its donations 87% in 2017; and Australia cut its funding from tens of millions to zero.
March 2017, the Clinton Global Initiative website states, “Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) convened global and emerging leaders to create and implement solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges… From 2005-2016, CGI members have made more than 3,600 Commitments to Action, which are improving the lives of over 435 million people in 180 countries.” Well even at using only half their donations at 3,600 actions that is about $278,000 per action; should be able to dig a well or two with that; or send a few students to school; the Baptist Haiti Mission, Word and Spirit Ministries and others have been doing it for a 1000th of that cost.
Nevertheless, after HRC’s lost to Donald Trump the Clinton Foundation donations have already fallen by almost 40% and likely no more million dollar speeches for Bill. And January 12, the Clinton Global Initiative announced by filing the required by law WARN notice, that it would lay off an additional 22 employees April 15, 2017 and close the N. Y. office. The office once had more than 200 employees. By some sources, the entire Clinton Global Initiative part of the Clinton Foundation will close April 15; what a dramatic turn from helping 435 million people the year before. Many state this reveals that “this group wasn’t just for charitable ends… this was a way for the Clintons to network and really peddle influence due to their positions in leadership (inquisitr.com).”
March 24, 2017: Al Jazeera News writes: “Geneva talks resumed as fighting rages in Hama, Damascus; hopes for breakthrough or concessions from either side remain low… The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor reported fresh violence on Friday, including shelling by government forces of areas in Sahl al-Ghab, northwest of Hama, and ongoing clashes in the countryside north of the city, as the army sought to retake territory and stop rebels from capturing a military airport…”
As much as 600,000 have already been killed in Syria since 2011; and 300,000 civilians are trapped in Damascus at this time – many in fear of starvation as supplies have been cut off have many.
For more see: Genocide in Syria
March 2017: END TIMES: Will Trump do for Israel what 12 Presidents before him did not do? – Officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move the US Embassy to the Holy City of David. If he does go against weak council of former administrations (who fear man and not God – Matt. 10:28) then Islamic leaders THREATEN WAR against us and Israel. Fatah (political and terrorist group – indirectly affiliated with ISIS/IS) leader warns it would be “a declaration of WAR against Muslims;’ and the ‘Grand Mufti (Highest Sunni Priest) of Jerusalem said in his January 13, 2017 sermon, ““the pledge to move the embassy is not just an assault against Palestinians but against Arabs and Muslims, who will not remain silent.” UNDERSTAND, there will be NO PEACE in Jerusalem until after the return of our LORD JESUS CHRIST (Jer. 6:14; 1 Thes. 5:1-3); we simply must choose whether we will not only ‘pray for the peace of Jerusalem;’ but also stand for the Holy City and the Temple Mount. see: End Times: Trump and Jerusalem
March 2017: Wikileaks dumped 8,761 documents in its first of a series from ‘Vault 7.’ It is said to be the largest public release of documents from CIA in history. The dump called ‘Year Zero‘ reveals the range and ability of the CIA’s covert “hacking division.” ‘Year Zero’ states that the CIA can “bypass the encryption of WhatsApp, Signal, Telegram, Wiebo, Confide and Cloakman.” Thus, CIA ‘zero day’ weapons can hack iPhones, Android phones, Windows, macOS, Linux, Routers and even Samsung TVs. According to WhatsApp.com, “we built end-to-end encryption… your messages and calls are secured.” They state they are used by “over a billion people in over 180 countries.”
According the international hacking group Anonymous: http://anonofficial.com/anonymous-this-is-going-to-change-everything-we-know-cia-secrets-exposed-2017/
“Prior to the release by Wikileaks of these CIA top secret documents, this organizations leader, Julian Assange, on the 3rd of March, emailed to President Trump’s National Security Council (NSC) the encrypted key to unlock Vault 7 where these over 8,000 documents were stored, and that caused Trump to explode in anger less than 24 hours later and accuse former President Barack Obama of illegally having him placed under surveillance.”
February 2017: In 2011, in Moscow, Fatah agreed to let HAMAS join in an interim government National Council under the Palestinian Authority. In January 2017, Russia asked the Council is opposed to Trump moving the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. February, HAMAS and Fatah has agreed to create a new unified ‘government’ with a new National Council. Ahmad abu Marzouk of HAMAS said ‘the Quartet’s work completely failed… including UN resolutions.’ Quartet – US, Russia, EU & UN. HAMAS website at http://hamas.ps/en states “Hamas is a comprehensive institutional movement taking resistance against the Israeli occupation… Hamas is an integral part of the Arab and Islamic Nation…”
February 2017: The Church of Norway, Evangelical-Lutheran performed it’s first same-sex marriage – and Martin Luther would had rebuked and excommunicated all their bishops would voted to approve such a sinful and damning act (1 Cor. 6:9). In 2008, same-sex marriage was passed into Norweigan law; yet they were not allowed in the ‘holy’ Church until after 89 members of their General Synod approved the vote of their 12 bishops.
Path to Same-Sex Marriage: Part I
Path to Same-Sex Marriage: Part II
January 8, 2017: This is the 1000th day that ‘the Chibok Girls’ remain abducted by the Boko Haram (BH) Islamist militants in Nigeria. April 14, 2014 BH raided a Chibok school’s dormitories and kidnapped 276 girls. Over 50 escaped jumping out of their trucks; but 219 of the young Borno girls were taken; many of them Christians. May 17, 2016 one 19 year old girl escaped and reported that she knew of 6 dead, and several with babies. August 2016, BH demanded an exchange of imprisoned militants for some of the girls. Many have been forced to become ‘wives;’ and some were reported as killed by government air strikes. Videos show about 130 reading the Koran. October 13, 2016, the Islamic extremists released 21 of the girls. Currently BH and the Nigerian government are negotiating the release of about 83 more girls; the other 114 are reportedly dead or moved to stay because they are now married or have been radicalized. Boko Haram, loosely translates ‘western education is a sin.’ They call themselves the Islamic State West Africa Province (of ISIS).
November 2016: China completed the world’s fastest supercomputer in June (without U.S. chips). It has over 10 million compute cores and is called the Sunway TaihuLight. It exceeds 100 petaflops or 100 quadrillion sustained floating-point operations per second. This November it was said to reach about 125 petaflops of data. The number three is managed by DOE-UT in Tennessee at 17.5 PFLOPS. The number two is also Chinese and about 34 PFLOPS. The number 4 fastest is by IBM in California at about 17 PFLOPS (1.57 million Processing Cores; 1.57 Terabytes of RAM). A typical Apple iPad Pro can do 1.5 GigaFlops; a good desktop does about 100 GFlops. 1,000 GFLOPS = 1TeraFlop; 1,000 TeraFlops = 1 PetaFlop. It would take a human about 30 million years to create the same task.
October 2016: Mount Sinai Hospital in Chicago delivered Eirianna at 23 weeks gestation showing the viability of a young ‘Fetus.’ At 13 ounces, she was about 10 weeks early and remained in the hospital until February 2017. A study of 4,5oo between 2000 and 2011 revealed that premature infants have significantly better chance of survival than even a decade ago. It reported a 13% survival rate at 23 weeks versus 7% a decade earlier; and 32% chance at 24 weeks versus 28% in 2000. This should cause politicians and courts to rethink 2nd Trimester Abortion laws; for it is estimated that in the US 7% of the almost one million abortions a year are done in the second Trimester. In the US and Britain about 1.5% of abortions are done after the 20th week, and it appears the Planned Parenthood organization and US voters do not want a ban on 20-week abortions (3/4 democrats & independents; 2/3 republicans).